August 7th, 2010


Clark Spaulding Davis

Clark S. Davis, 77, known to his friends as “Spaulding,” passed away at dawn on August 7, 2010 at Hamot Medical Center, after collapsing a week earlier.

Clark Spaulding Davis was born on January 15, 1933 at Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where his father was the chief resident. He was the eldest of two children born to Dr. John Clark Davis, the team physician for the Cleveland Indians, and Helen Spaulding Davis. After a childhood in Meadville, Pennsylvania, he attended Tilton School in Tilton, NH, where he was the valedictorian of the Class of 1950. He matriculated to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, as a member of the Class of 1954, but was forced to return to Meadville after falling gravely ill, where he graduated from Allegheny College in 1955 with a BA in Economics and Sociology. He also attended the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Mr. Davis was employed at American Sterilizer for thirty-four years, working in sales, marketing, international marketing, and information technology. He also worked for Ohio Medical Products for eight years, during which time he founded the company's European operations. In his later years, he worked for Urban Engineers, and was a member of SCORE.

A devout Episcopalian, Mr. Davis was a member of the Order of St. Luke's, and a Lay Eucharistic Minister, lay reader, usher, and Altar Guild member at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Fairview. He was also a past member of the vestry of that church, and of the Board of Trustees of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the chapter of Trinity Cathedral. He was also an active member of the Y Men's Group. He was the first male member of the Presque Isle Garden Club, where his wife has been a member for many years, and a Life Member of the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania. He was an active member of the Dartmouth Alumni Association, working to organize class reunions for his class, and acting as a volunteer admissions interviewer. A lifelong Chautauquan, he was a member of the CLSC class of 1966 and a life member of the Bird, Tree, and Garden Club.

He married the former Donna Kay Elslager, of Clarion, in 1960, after meeting her at Chautauqua. The couple celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary in June. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Palmer Davis and her partner Amanda Elif Yilmaz; a sister, Susan Salisbury Davis Brandse and her husband Pieter Cornelius Brandse; a brother-in-law, Thomas Richard Elslager of Charlotte, NC and his wife Gretchen Faulk Elslager; and three nephews and a grand-niece.

A memorial service in his honor is planned at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Fairview at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 14. Donations may be made to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, to Dartmouth College in the name of the Class of 1954, or to the Erie Humane Society.
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